South Bend City Cemetery

3) South Bend City Cemetery

214 Elm St.

Schuyler Colfax Jr.

Founded in 1832, barely a year after South Bend itself, the South Bend City Cemetery originally was laid out on the city’s outskirts, surrounded by forest. Unlike many other institutions, the City Cemetery was never segregated. Members of South Bend’s prominent African American families, such as the Powells and Bryants, are buried throughout its 21 acres. Schuyler Colfax Jr., who is buried here, served as U.S. Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant and Speaker of the House during the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in 1865. Thus, former slaves are buried in the same cemetery as Colfax, city founders, prominent industrialists, and Revolutionary War veterans. Some 14,800 residents here in death achieved what eluded some in life: a peaceful co-existence with neighbors from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Schuyler Colfax gravesite in South Bend City Cemetery.

For more on the long history of African American settlement in South bend and the Powell Family click here: Farrow Powell